Posts by Daniel Wood

  • Unlocking Hidden Error Messages in the ExecuteSQL Function

    By Daniel Wood, 7 January 2015

    The ExecuteSQL function introduced in version 12 is a powerful tool for querying your database in a contextless fashion. One of its limiting features is it's lack of debugging help when it comes to writing properly formed queries, with the function returning a "?" if you get something wrong.  Turns out there is more to that question mark than meets the eye and within the question mark contains some useful descriptive error messages.

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  • Proper Printing in WebDirect [Updated]

    By Daniel Wood, 15 August 2014

    FileMaker WebDirect is the exciting new replacement to Instant Web Publishing. With it you can access your database via a web browser and do *almost* all of the things that you can do in FileMaker Pro. However proper printing is not one of them. In this article we present a framework and example file for doing proper printing via WebDirect - from basic record printing to complex sub-summary reports and more...

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  • Popovers that Open and Close on Mouse-Over

    By Daniel Wood, 7 July 2014

    In this followup to the Sliding Drawers article, we take the technique one step further and apply it to the popover object. We discuss the differences between drawers and popovers in relation to the mouse-over technique, and how the process has been modified to better suit popovers...

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  • A Proper Printing Framework for WebDirect

    By Daniel Wood, 4 July 2014

    FileMaker WebDirect is the exciting new replacement to Instant Web Publishing in FileMaker Server. With it, you can access your database via a web browser and do almost all of the things that you can do in FileMaker Pro. However proper printing is not one of them. In this article we present a framework demo file for doing proper printing via WebDirect - from basic record printing to complex sub-summary reports and more...

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  • A Sliding Drawer that Opens and Closes on Mouse-Over

    By Daniel Wood, 1 July 2014

    The slide control is an exciting new layout tool introduced in FileMaker 13. In this article we are building an animated sliding drawer that responds to the users mouse position to open and close. There are a number of cool techniques and features being used to achieve this effect so check it out!

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  • Sending Email from FileMaker Using Mandrill

    By Daniel Wood, 21 March 2014

    When sending Email from FileMaker the most popular methods are the 'Send Mail' script step or a plugin. In this article we explore another method through using Mandrill - a free online service that is easy to setup and integrate into FileMaker...

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  • Big Tabs!

    By Daniel Wood, 13 February 2014

    Building FileMaker solutions for iOS introduces a new set of challenges for developers and requires UI controls that make it easy for users to interact. This article gives a very quick and simple technique you can use to make selecting tab controls much easier for FileMaker Go users on iPad and iPhone.

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  • Weetbicks Trivia 1.0

    By Daniel Wood, 3 July 2012

    A little while ago I received an e-mail asking for ideas on how to implement a multiple choice testing database. It just so happens that I had begun to build a database a few years ago which does just that. While it is not finished, I have decided to release a first version for people to download, dissect and use.

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  • Sweet Scrolling in FileMaker Go 12

    By Daniel Wood, 14 May 2012

    Portal scrolling has always been a bit of a struggle in FileMaker Go up until the release of version 12. This article outlines some of the changes to portal scrolling in FileMaker Go 12 and we give a couple of examples how it can be set-up to give a very nice native-application look and feel. We also cover field scrolling.

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  • Cool things to do with Tab Controls in FileMaker 12

    By Daniel Wood, 13 April 2012

    FileMaker 12 is here, and with it comes many new cool new features, a lot of which are a result of the new css-based layout engine. In this article we are focusing on one small change borne out of the new layout engine which has massive potential for building new interface controls?

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